a month in books: january 2019

This quote about reading from Ralph Waldo Emerson will make you want to pick up…

This year, I set myself the goal of reading 300 books.  In one year.  Last year, I read 228 books so I’m not sure why I thought 300 books was the next step (250 would probably have been more logical), but whatever.  I was pretty sure I’d fail, but so far I’m four books ahead of schedule.  And, um, mentally exhausted.

However!  January has been a great month for books.  I’ve read 29 so far and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed them.

The highlights:

~We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels.  Read my review here!

~The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt.  Yes, it’s a kids’ picture book.  But it’s one of the funniest, most charming picture books I’ve ever read. (And the ‘Gladiator’ reference was icing on the cake.)

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors | Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex | Harper Collins publication | 4 - 4 - 2017 | ISBN: 9780062438898

~The Negotiator by Dee Henderson.  After hearing my mom talk about the O’Malley series for ages I finally started it.  So, so good.

~A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold.  Hard, sobering, and thought-provoking.

~An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.  Gorgeous prose, an intriuging fantasy world, and the greatest can-turn-into-a-raven-and-is-also-a-sweetheart YA hero since Jest.

The lowlights:

~Selp-helf and My Diarrhe by Miranda Sings/Colleen Balinger.  Miranda is much funnier on Youtube than in book form. (Though I’d hesitate to recommend her videos to less-than-adult audiences.  At least, some of them.)

miranda sings, lol. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE EVEN HECK?!?!

~I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.  This one was okay, but it felt like the author was trying too hard to have a quirky first person POV narration that seems to be the staple for middle grade fiction these days.  And the plot was pretty dumb.

~Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt.  I was expecting a little more, y’know, Cleopatra in this book.

(There were some other not-so-great books but I don’t feel like devoting energy to them.)

Favorite book of the year (so far):

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Yes, it’s a re-read.  And, yes, it’s the best.

My favorite quotation from my favorite book! "To Kill A Mockingbird" -- And to think, Harper Lee is publishing her second novel!!

So, let’s talk!  How many books have you read this year? (Please don’t think I’m bragging about how many books I’ve read, btw – I have more free time than most people and an affinity for speedy reading.)  What’s your favorite book so far this year?



16 thoughts on “a month in books: january 2019

  1. I’m impressed at the amount you’ve read! That’s great you have the free time- I’m glad you’re embracing it! I like the range you have too, these are all very different books:) I looked up “A Mother’s Reckoning”- that sounds intense, but super beneficial to read.

    I’ve got 20 books done already, but they’re mostly comic books so they go quick. My favorite so far (not a comic book), is probably “The Anatomy of Curiosity” by Maggie Stiefvater and two others. The authors each wrote a short story and commented on it with the idea of helping teen writers develop their craft. The stories themselves were interesting, and it was cool to see the authors’ processes.


  2. I’ve read six books so far. Two historical fiction, three fantasy/sci-fi, and one contemporary. My favorite so far is DEFINITELY “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater and my least favorite is “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han. (Which I actually was hoping I’d like, so . . . *sad face*)

    TKAM really is the best. ❤


  3. liviepearl

    I read 15 books, 12 fiction, my highlights for fiction were 2 Georgette Heyer books (The Grand Sophy and The Corinthian both at 4 stars) and the lowlights were . . . 2 Georgette Heyer books (A Convenient Marriage and These Old Shades both at 1 star, but if I could’ve given the latter a negative 1 I would’ve).

    I’m a germaphobe/interesting in epidemiology, so my highlight for nonfiction was Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (I want to work my way through many of this Oxford University Press series on all topics known to man).


  4. Apart from comics, I haven’t found much time for reading so far this year, or writing for that matter. Been spending a lot of time lately either catching up on things or looking for a house.


  5. I just wanted to quickly comment and congratulate you on starting your journey with the O’Malley family!! They were my gateway to Christian Suspense books many years ago, something which has now become one of my top go-to genres. Oh, and have you read the prequel novel, Danger in the Shadows? It focuses on the story of Sara, Dave’s sister. My favourite book in the series though is actually a three-way tie between The Negotiator, The Protector, & The Healer.

    It’ll take too long to detail all the books I’ve read so far this year, but Bodyguard by Shirlee McCoy (part of the Love Inspired Suspense umbrella) and Melting Megan by Lacy Williams were definitely my favourites.


    1. I haven’t read Danger in the Shadows, but I did read the Jennifer prequel. I ended up DNF’ing The Rescuer – it just wasn’t grabbing my interest – but I read all the other books and I’m definitely not averse to returning to the series at a later date. My favorite book was definitely The Protector. Even though fire freaks me out. I also loved The Negotiator.


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